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News: FDA Outlines Ambitious Global Effort

Given the scarcity of resources, the U.S. cannot work alone to ensure the safety of food imported from other countries, says the “Pathway to Global Product Safety and Quality,” a new report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that outlines its plan to work globally to track the movement of food and drugs.

News: Method Aims to Boost Eggs’ Defenses

A specialized cooling system that could strengthen eggs’ natural defenses against Salmonella is edging closer to market, reported the system’s developer, Kevin Keener, PhD, an associate professor of food science at Purdue University.

News: FDA Outlines Ambitious Global Effort

Given the scarcity of resources, the U.S. cannot work alone to ensure the safety of food imported from other countries, says the “Pathway to Global Product Safety and Quality,” a new report from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that outlines its plan to work globally to track the movement of food and drugs.

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Features: Lessons from the German E. Coli Outbreak

Germany’s recent enormous E. coli outbreak points to the need to better identify and understand the virulence genes involved with this pathogen, said Pina Fratamico, PhD, a lead researcher at the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Center for Food Safety who has worked to draw attention to lesser-known types of E. coli.

News: Japan's Earthquake and Tsunami Trigger Food-Supply Cautions

The magnitude 9.0 earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck Japan on March 11, killing more than 26,000 people and damaging or destroying more than 125,000 buildings, has also threatened the nation’s food production system and tested emergency quality assurance procedures.

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Features: Campylobacter-Tainted Poultry Tops List of Food-Pathogen Combinations

Campylobacter tainted poultry tops the list of food-and-pathogen combinations that account for the greatest burdens on public health, according to a new report from the University of Florida’s Emerging Pathogens Institute, released April 28.

Features: Targeting E. Coli’s Lesser-Known Siblings

USDA developing tests for serogroups of 0157

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Features: New Smartphone Tool Tracks Produce Provenance

Safety-minded consumers want to know where their produce comes from, and now software engineers at international technology company from NEC have developed a smartphone app that will let them track the pedigree of a melon, mango, or apple, right down to where it was picked, simply by snapping a photo.

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Features: FDA to Create New Multidisciplinary Outbreak Team

In an effort to shift its approach to foodborne illness from a fragmented process to a coordinated, prevention-oriented safety program, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that it will create a 40-person multidisciplinary team dedicated to foodborne disease outbreaks.

News: Elevating Room Sanitation Quality

In recent years, the focus on the environmental quality of the food production landscape has increased. Although far from being a new problem, high-profile cases resulting in sickness and death traced back to the manufacturing process have caused the industry to reassess contamination control strategies, an issue currently under discussion in the Senate and inherently linked to food safety. Some level of contamination control naturally already exists and, given the diversity in environmental production...

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